After Effects ExtendScript Training Complete Series

ExtendScript Script Writing Training

After Effects ExtendScript Training is a video training series on Adobe® ExtendScript for After Effects®. Below are direct links to the entire collection right here on PVC. Enjoy and please spread the word. 🙂

The After Effects ExtendScript Training series is the first comprehensive video tutorial series focused on Adobe® ExtendScript. This fourteen hour long series covers all the basics of Javascript and ExtendScript to get a new user up and building their own scripts for After Effects. The series takes the viewer from the very basics of script writing, all the way through intermediate and advanced techniques. Along the way you will gain access to numerous bits of reusable code for your own scripts, as well as learn how to create fully functional scripts. Anyone new to scripting writing for After Effects, looking to learn Adobe® ExtendScript, or just plain looking for a different perspective on script writing in general can benefit from this training series.
Episode 1 (Intro)

Episode 2 (Javascript Basics p1)

Episode 3 (Javascript Basics p2)

Episode 4 (After Effects Object Model structure overview / Script Preparation and development tips / Single Item Access of various project items, comps and layers)

Episode 5 (Access Renderqueue items, output modules and file paths / Multiple item access of project items, comps and layers / Batch change all renderqueue items file paths)

Episode 6 (Collecting data into an Array() / Changing values / Various tips)

Episode 7 (Create new comps and folders / Create Null, Solid, and Text layers)

Episode 8 (Create multiple comps of various sizes / Use Undo group / Add solids to match each comp / Various tips)

Episode 9 (Globally change blue solids to red / Replace solid name blue with red)

Episode 10 (Build a custom function to collect all CompItem objects / Modify function to dynamically allow for choice of CompItem, FolderItem or FootageItem)

Episode 11 (Build floating GUI)

Episode 12 Part 1 & 2 (Build dockable/floating combo GUI)

Episode 13 (ExtendScript Developer Utility script / Retrieve list of project item footage file paths)

Episode 14 (Processing text strings)

Episode 15 Part 1 & 2 (Reading, writing, and transferring Keyframes)

Episode 16 Part 1 & 2 (Creating text layers from external text files.)

Episode 17 Part 1 & 2 & 3 (Export property information to text files.)

Episode 18 Part 1 & 2 & 3 (Retrieve all effects used into a listbox GUI with option to save to text file.)

Episode 19 Part 1 & 2 (Create custom functions to Retrieve layer types, retrieve all fonts used in project, retrieve a text layer’s justification, retrieve a layer’s blending mode)


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David Torno

David Torno is a Visual Effects professional based in Los Angeles. Developing and creating VFX since 2000, David has been a part of over ninety different productions. His work includes commercial, feature, music video, and multimedia projects. He is most widely known for his work on projects for such artists as Linkin Park (“Waiting for the End”, “New Divide”, “Burn it Down”), Flight of the Conchords (“Ladies of the World”), and Swedish House Mafia (Absolut Greyhound). During his free time, he creates video tutorials and After Effects scripts. David enjoys contributing to the visual effects community by offering helpful tools, and techniques that creative professionals around the world can benefit from.

  • Hello. Do you know where I can watch or purchase this to watch? The video does not show.

    • scottsimmons

      If you click the links for each episode above it links to an article with the videos embedded.

      • Sorry, should have been more clear. The videos do not show within the article. Screenshot attached.

        • David Torno

          Interesting. I am trying all of the videos right now and they are all showing up for me. Perhaps it was a Vimeo glitch that’s been fixed. Try again, and let me know if you still have issues. Apologies for the headache.

  • Paa Kwasi

    Awesome Site!!!!! Thanks a lot David. I will sleep here

    • David Torno

      Lol, you’re welcome. Enjoy.